Facility disappoints some Franklin County (Pa.) Builders Show exhibitors

March 13, 2011|By JENNIFER FITCH |
  • Willie Flores from Martin's Refrigeration talks to Kristina Stine of Greencastle, Pa., on Sunday at the Franklin County Builders Show in Waynesboro, Pa. Stine said she brought her 4-month-old daughter, Sophia, and other family members to the show to check out the 170 vendors.
By Jennifer Fitch, Staff Writer

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — The Franklin County (Pa.) Builders Show wrapped up its first year in Waynesboro on Sunday.

Organizers say it's too soon to determine where the 2012 show will be held, but they appreciate hospitality from Waynesboro's elected officials, emergency responders, businesses and school district.

"There were so many people that had to come together to pull this off," said Tom Hanks, executive director of the Franklin County Builders Association.

The town and facility for next year's show will be decided based on what spaces are available, Hanks said. The show, in its 28th year, moved from Chambersburg, Pa., to the Waynesboro Mall when its previous location was leased.

"This is a new market for a lot of them," Hanks said of the 170 vendors.

Crowds seemed to be comparable in size to previous years, which saw 18,000 visitors over three days, according to Hanks.

The show opened to the public Friday, and featured a variety of products and services, including basement waterproofing, masonry, bath remodeling, banks, alarm systems, home builders, stoves and sheds.

"It's a good place for homeowners to get ideas," said Nick Ehrhart, of A-Plus Fencing.

Ehrhart talked to visitors about the Greencastle, Pa., company's powder coating, and warranties for residential and commercial fencing. He said the builders show typically generates leads.

It would be nice if the builders show had a permanent location, Ehrhart said.

"Chambersburg was a way cleaner facility and that makes a big difference," he said.

Rick Jows of Superior Walls by Advanced Concrete said the Middleburg, Pa., company's first time at the builders show came as part of its expansion into the area. The business offers precast foundation systems for homes.

"It was a good show," Jows said.

It also was Chambersburg's Climate Control's first time at the builders show. Travis Arnsparger said he was happy with the turnout.

"It's been good exposure," he said.

Arnsparger said having the show in the otherwise vacant buildings, which are in need of some repairs, might have affected attendance.

Jim Kirker from Just Plastics & More said he was disappointed the show was divided between two buildings in the mall, but the move to Waynesboro seemed to be well-received.

"I think a lot of people are happy we're down here," he said.

Just Plastics & More offers porch railing and deck materials, and it's been a vendor at the builders show for about six years.

"It's a good way to get your product out there," Kirker said.

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